Winners of the 2004 IFComp

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1st place

Earth And Sky 3: Luminous Horizon

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Paul O'Brian

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Score 7.85
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 1.57

2nd place

Blue Chairs

Chris Klimas

This work also won 1st place in the 2004 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.39
Votes Cast 114
Standard Deviation 2.29

3rd place

All Things Devours

half sick of shadows

All Things Devours is a short piece of interactive fiction, leaning strongly towards the text-adventure end of the spectrum. It explores an all-too-familiar science fiction paradigm in what I hope is a rather refreshing and satisfying manner. However, due to the intrinsic nature of its subject matter, it is more cruel than one might hope for a modern piece of interactive fiction. In particular, any move you make may put things into an unwinnable state. You are therefore encouraged to save frequently, and also to realise that you will probably have to start over several times to find the most satisfactory ending.

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Score 7.22
Votes Cast 104
Standard Deviation 2.08

4th place

Sting of the Wasp

Jason Devlin

This work also won 2nd place in the 2004 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.12
Votes Cast 98
Standard Deviation 1.91

5th place

Square Circle

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Eric Eve

What is your crime? Why do you feel both guilty and unjustly punished? What has happened to your memory? How will you draw a square circle and get out of your prison? What will you find then?

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Score 7.07
Votes Cast 89
Standard Deviation 1.98

6th place

The Orion Agenda

Ryan Weisenberger

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Score 7.01
Votes Cast 108
Standard Deviation 1.63

7th place

Mingsheng

Deane Saunders

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Score 6.67
Votes Cast 99
Standard Deviation 1.79

8th place

Splashdown

Paul J. Furio

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Score 6.62
Votes Cast 101
Standard Deviation 1.64

9th place

Gamlet

Tomasz Pudlo

This work also won 3rd place in the 2004 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 6.55
Votes Cast 101
Standard Deviation 2.51

10th place

Trading Punches

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Mike Snyder

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Score 6.32
Votes Cast 69
Standard Deviation 2.23

11th place

The Great Xavio

Reese Warner

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Score 6.05
Votes Cast 107
Standard Deviation 1.88

12th place

Goose, Egg, Badger

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Brian Rapp

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Score 6.00
Votes Cast 104
Standard Deviation 1.82

13th place

The Big Scoop

Johan Berntsson

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Score 5.69
Votes Cast 98
Standard Deviation 1.37

14th place

I Must Play

Geoff Fortytwo

Why are the older boys so mean? You stood around the arcade all day and weren't able to play even one game on any of the machines! You thought you had your chance when nearly everyone else went home earlier in the evening in order to beat the storm that was gathering outside. Unfortunately, the arcade owner decided to call it quits early as well. Luckily, when the call went out that he was closing up, you were able to sneak into the ball room and hide under the balls. The owner finally left and now it's time to play some games!

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Score 5.68
Votes Cast 88
Standard Deviation 1.56

15th place

Identity

Dave Bernazzani

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Score 5.62
Votes Cast 107
Standard Deviation 1.54

16th place

Murder at the Aero Club

Penny Wyatt

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Score 5.52
Votes Cast 110
Standard Deviation 1.46

17th place

Bellclap

Tommy Herbert

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Score 5.51
Votes Cast 121
Standard Deviation 1.99

18th place

Magocracy

Joseph Rheaume

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Score 5.35
Votes Cast 83
Standard Deviation 2.11

19th place

Typo!

Peter Seebach and Kevin Lynn

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Score 5.32
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 1.81

20th place

Kurusu City

Kevin Venzke

An IFComp 2004 Entry

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Score 5.27
Votes Cast 96
Standard Deviation 1.82

21st place

Blink

Ian Waddell

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Score 4.99
Votes Cast 113
Standard Deviation 1.91

22nd place

Chronicle Play Torn

Penczer Attila

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Score 4.94
Votes Cast 96
Standard Deviation 1.99

23rd place

A Day In The Life Of A Superhero

David Whyld

The fiendish Tax Collector and his gang of cronies are threatening the city and only YOU - the fabled Masked Defender - can stop him!

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Score 4.92
Votes Cast 76
Standard Deviation 1.96

24th place

Order

John Evans

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Score 4.73
Votes Cast 112
Standard Deviation 1.89

25th place

Who Created That Monster?

N. B. Horvath

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Score 4.54
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 2.19

26th place

Blue Sky

Hans Fugal

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Score 4.30
Votes Cast 103
Standard Deviation 1.81

27th place

The Realm

Michael Sheldon

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Score 4.20
Votes Cast 91
Standard Deviation 1.41

28th place

Redeye

John Pitchers

Waking from a big night out, Stanley finds himself at a bikie bar in outback Australia in alot of trouble with the law.

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Score 3.96
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 1.61

29th place

Stack Overflow

Timofei Shatrov

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Score 3.71
Votes Cast 104
Standard Deviation 1.49

30th place

Zero

William A. Tilli

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Score 3.50
Votes Cast 84
Standard Deviation 1.62

31st place

Zero One

Edward Plant

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Score 3.38
Votes Cast 73
Standard Deviation 1.63

32nd place

A Light's Tale

Zach Flynn

A journey through the world of the dark places. Your only weapon is Light. Light shall overcome all darkness. Darkness is the absence of light.

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Score 3.23
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 1.64

33rd place

Getting Back to Sleep

Patrick Evans

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Score 3.19
Votes Cast 47
Standard Deviation 1.68

34th place

Ruined Robots

Nicholas Dudek, Gregory Dudek, and Natasha Dudek

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Score 2.77
Votes Cast 90
Standard Deviation 1.61

35th place

PTBAD 3

Jonathan BERMAN

An execise in fake surreality

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Score 2.02
Votes Cast 96
Standard Deviation 1.14

36th place

Ninja

Paul Allen Panks

You are a lone ninja, protecting a shinto shrine of Japan. Your goal is to avoid capture by the Evil One, a deft ninja from a rival shrine. He is nearby, but you don't know exactly where. And it is dark outside, with only your senses to trust... There is said to be a rare golden idol in the Evil One's shrine to the west. You must reach it before the rival ninjas find out!

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Score 1.83
Votes Cast 80
Standard Deviation 1.16